Manny Pacquiao has been stepping up his workload in training camp as he prepares for his upcoming showdown against Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lydell Rhodes had a taste of Pacquiao’s superb boxing skills over the past few days, and the undefeated American boxer had nothing but good words for the former pound-for-pound king.
Rhodes, who holds an unblemished 19-0 record, was impressed with Pacquiao’s vaunted punching power, saying that the former pound-for-pound king hits like a super middleweight boxer.
“It feels like I’m fighting a super middleweight,” said Rhodes on his recent sparring sessions with Pacquiao. “He cracks, so the best thing for me or anybody else is try not to be there. That’s hard because he’s fast too, so he’s going to you regardless so you just got to brace yourself and be ready.”
As the Pacquiao-Bradley match is inching closer each day, many bold predictions and analyses are now surfacing on the Internet and in the local news. There is really much to anticipate in this match as Pacquiao is too eager to prove that the judges’ scorecards were a mistake during their first bout. On the other hand, Bradley is so motivated to prove the crowd is wrong and to show the world the he really won that fight.
Of course, we remember that the result of the first match of Manny and Timothy has been controversial. Though Bradley was announced winner that night, the boxing federation reviewed the game and declared Manny as the real winner, though the decision is already irreversible.
According to some analysts, Bradley has a very slim chance of winning against the Filipino legend and champion. The last two fights are the motivating factor and confidence booster of Bradley. However, looking closely at these two bouts will show you that it’s really not an assurance that Bradley will have a chance against Pacquiao.
It seems that mud throwing is part of pre-fight phase in many boxing match and the Pacquiao-Bradley match is no exemption. There had been rumors that Bradley’s camp are throwing insults regarding how Manny’s fighting instinct diminished over the years. According to Buboy Fernandez, Manny is getting more riled up after receiving offensive remarks from his opponent.
As of the time of this writing, Pacquiao is in General Santos City doing his preliminary training. After that, he will train with Coach Freddie Roach to finish his three-month preparation for the match scheduled in April 12, 2014.
Instead of answering back negative comments from the opposite side, Manny is said to be using his energy to be more psyched up and motivated during the training camp. This will only make Manny’s win even sweeter when he will finally defeat Bradley.
Leading up to one of the most anticipated rematches and bouts of the year current WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (31-0 12KOs) will try to erase his proverbial blemish when he takes on the challenger Manny Pacquiao (55-5 38KOs). In his last time out, Bradley won a decisive victory over the Mexican Legend Juan Manuel Marquez, defending his title for the second time.
Prior to the Bradley/Marquez fight the negations almost came to a screeching halt , when there was a difference in opinion on what Anti-Doping agency would be used to test the fighters. Even when the fighters agreed to fight and promotions were underway, there were still talks that the fight could fall through if an agreement was not reached. Just like when you prefer one mechanics shop over another, some fighters feel that other agencies are more “trustworthy”. Now once again both the Bradley camp and the Pacquiao camp can’t come to terms and agree on what agency to use.
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Juan Manuel Marquez made remarks that he will never fight Pacquiao again, but recent boxing news reveals that Marquez is not yet completely closing his door for a fifth matches against Pacquiao.
According to Bob Arum, Marquez is considering to fight the Filipino pride if he is able to defeat Timothy Bradley, which is set to happen in April 12 at MGM Grand Garden. “I would love to do Pacquiao-Marquez. Pacquiao has to win this fight and Marquez says he’ll fight him. So it’s a big incentive for Pacquiao… He’ll fight the winner of this fight to win the belt”, as stated by Bob Arum in one interview.
There is only one thing that Marquez wants to achieve before his retirement. He wants to win the WBO welterweight title, which is the same belt on the line during Pacquiao-Bradley match.
In a battle of pound for pound titans, undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00a.m. PT. There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price level. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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“I remember last time believing that I won the first fight against Tim Bradley. I thought I was leading after every round. I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round.
“I had a feeling in training camp that he would run from me once he felt my power and he did…after the third or fourth round.
“To be honest, I wasn’t as motivated when I was training for our first fight. I guess I didn’t take him seriously enough.
“I was very surprised by the decision. But that’s part of the game. He got the decision and my title.
I was one of the many boxing fans who a year and a half ago watched the travesty of the 12 round unanimous decision win for Tim Bradley against Manny Pacquiao in their fight in June of 2012. It was difficult not to be angry and think of boxing as fixed, because the decision was so atrocious. I even made a resolve not to watch boxing that lasted an entire week. The fans are also excited to see the Mayweather vs Khan fight on May 3rd.
Not much has changed with either Pacquiao or with Bradley since that time. Okay, to be fair, Bradley went through a war with Ruslan Provodnikov to try to prove himself, but he was down several times and even had problems with slurred speech. And Manny was knocked out in spectacular fashion by Juan Manuel Marquez, who finally got his revenge after several close decision losses to Pacquiao.
I was not surprised at all that Juan Manuel Marquez lost to Bradley and beat Pacquiao. However, this does not mean that Bradley is better than Pacquiao. Bradley is naturally the much bigger and quicker fighter than Marquez, and did a successful job of controlling the distance and scoring points and avoiding major mistakes against Marquez. By contrast, Marquez defeated Pacquiao only through years of study, perhaps an obsession, and drinking his own pee on a regular basis.
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Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) expressed excitement over his upcoming rematch with Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While Pacquiao is aching to avenge his defeat in their first meeting in June 2012, Bradley will look to prove that his victory in their first fight was no fluke despite being tagged as one of the most controversial boxing matches in recent years.
In an interview with Fighthype, the undefeated Bradley believes that he can handle Pacquiao in their upcoming rematch, saying that he will get all the credit for winning against the former pound-for-pound king, unlike in their controversial first showdown.
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